DRAMATIZES BEHAVIOR OF TWO TEEN-AGERS TO ILLUSTRATE CHARACTERISTICS OF PERSONALITY WHICH LEAD TO POPULARITY & SUCCESS IN DATING. CONTRASTS CAROLYN, ATTRACTIVE NEWCOMER IN HIGH SCHOOL, WITH GINNY, WHO IS WILLING TO DATE ALL THE BOYS BUT IS UNPOPULAR WITH BOTH BOYS & GIRLS. SHOWS HOW CAROLYN & WALLY ARE CAREFUL OF THEIR APPEARANCE, POLITE, CONSIDERATE IN ARRANGING DATES, ETC.
June 20, 2013 Subject:
Are You Somewhat Paranoid?
After the starking realism of 'Angry Boy', it's nice to turn to such a ludicrous piece of pap as 'Are You Popular?' Where we find out that 'Boys don't hang out with girls that park in cars'. This film has been used in so many social film compilations that it's extremely familiar, but it's nice to see the whole thing. Teenagers are of course, played to such a ludicrous degree by the actors it's hard to imagine what the teens in the 50's thought. Heaven forbid that they would treat this seriously.
Director: Ted Peshak. Cinematography: Bill Rockar. Written by Robert Chapin and Patricia Kealy. Editor: George Wilbern. Educational adviser: Dr. Alice Sowers, Director, Family Life Institute of the University of Oklahoma. With Marilyn Fisher (Caroline Ames); Bill Fein (Larry); Bunny Catcher (Ellie); Lester Podewell (Mr. Ames); [Marilyn Fisher's mother (Mrs. Ames); and Shaya Nash (Ginny). BOY WEARING THE CHECKED SHIRT ON THE LEFT AT THE LUNCH TABLE: David Whitehouse